LIVESTOCK SECTOR

Garissa butchers receive equipment to boost business

The donation aims to upgrade the meat value chain and promote proper hygiene

In Summary

• Livestock chief officer Isnino Rage handed over 10 meat carriers, 14 flaying knives, four sharpening tools, 11 aprons, 20 meat hooks and five pairs of gumboots.

• Programme officer Issack of LMS said they will continue partnering with the county to empower more local cooperatives and help transform the lives of the residents.

Butchers and meat retailers after receiving equipment's from Livestock chief officer Isnino Rage on Monday, May 23.
LIVESTOCK SECTOR: Butchers and meat retailers after receiving equipment's from Livestock chief officer Isnino Rage on Monday, May 23.
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Butchers in Garissa town received equipment that will help improve meat handling and minimise contamination.

Livestock chief officer Isnino Rage handed over 10 meat carriers, 14 flaying knives, four sharpening tools, 11 aprons, 20 meat hooks and five pairs of gumboots to Mohamed Hussein, the chairman of Garissa Butchers Sacco on Monday.

Rage was accompanied by director of Livestock Haret Hambe and programme officer Issack Dahir of the Livestock Marketing Systems.

The equipment was donated to the 70-member Sacco by the Livestock Marketing Systems.

The donation is in support of the Garissa government's efforts to upgrade the meat value chain and promote proper hygiene, in its Sh216 million monthly industry.

Garissa Livestock chief officer Isnino Rage speaking to the press on Monday, May 23.
MEAT INDUSTRY: Garissa Livestock chief officer Isnino Rage speaking to the press on Monday, May 23.
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Rage said the Garissa government is engaging partners to establish cottage industry for hides, skins and bones from local supply to create more value to local animal sellers.

She also said emphasis was being put in establishment of disease free zones, cross border collaboration, livestock infrastructural expansion and mechanisation of fodder production and livestock feed processing.

Hambe said efforts by the county and its partners had seen a marked improvement in meat handling.

He said there has been hygiene improvements at the slaughter house, adoption of meat carriers and use of protective clothing by meat workers.

Dahir said they will continue partnering with the county to empower more local cooperatives and help transform the lives of the residents.

Also present was Bashir Malele from the Directorate of Cooperative and members of the Garissa Butchers Sacco.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

Garissa county director of Livestock Haret Hambe speaking to the press on Monday, May 23.
HYGIENE: Garissa county director of Livestock Haret Hambe speaking to the press on Monday, May 23.
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Equipment's that butchers from Livestock chief officer Isnino Rage in Garissa town on Monday, May 23.
IMPROVING MEAT HANDLING: Equipment's that butchers from Livestock chief officer Isnino Rage in Garissa town on Monday, May 23.
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